Crawley Labour candidates and councillors were joined by Alison McGovern, Member of Parliament for Wirral South, to mark the official launch of their 2016 local election 

2016_CampaignLaunch_PressRelease.JPGTwo years ago Labour regained control of Crawley Borough Council, following eight years of Conservative council chaos. Since then Labour councillors have worked hard to get Crawley back on track, passing key policies the Tories had failed to deliver like the Local Plan, working to improve services while balancing the budget, and focusing resources on those things which have the biggest impact on the quality of life of residents: jobs, housing and the community. 

This election is about the future of Crawley and which team has the vision and drive to take the town forward. Amongst Labour’s commitments, the party is committed to: 

  • continuing with our 4-year plan to build 1,000 new affordable homes, looking to expand the programme by a further 250 units in the fifth year
  • delivering better career prospects for residents and improved access to skills for local businesses through Crawley’s first ever Employment and Skills Plan, featuring flagship projects such as Employ Crawley, the Town Centre Skills Academy, the Crawley Young Workers Scheme and the Gatwick Skills Laboratory
  • following through on our comprehensive Town Centre Regeneration Plan, backed up by private capital
  • rolling out the council’s new holistic approach for improving neighbourhood maintenance across the town
  • new leisure opportunities (including penguins at Tilgate Nature Centre) 

So far Crawley’s Conservatives have yet to announce a single new idea for taking Crawley forward. 

Crawley Borough Council Leader, Cllr Peter Lamb said: “Over the last two years we’ve balanced the budget without cutting services, with the lowest council tax increase in Sussex. At the same time our 4-year housing plan is delivering 1,000 new affordable homes, we’ve finally got Town Centre regeneration off the ground, put together Crawley’s first jobs and skills plan to provide better opportunities for local residents, and focused on improving the upkeep of neighbourhoods.” 

“Crawley’s best days remain ahead of it and Labour are building that better future for Crawley.”

Alison McGovern MP said: “Seeing and hearing about the great things Labour councillors are doing across the town, it’s clear that they’re best choice for taking Crawley forward.”

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